5 Key Lessons As DR. Congo's Leopards Cage Eagles At Home
Nigeria VS DR Congo line up/Twitter

The Super Eagles were on Monday caged by the Leopards of DR Congo in a pre-World Cup friendly in Port Harcourt.

William Troost-Ekong shot the West Africans ahead in the 16th minute, before the Congolese converted a late penalty to draw level.

And as expected, the draw has continued to elicit reactions from soccer fans in the country, with barely two weeks left before the 2018 Fifa World Cup, billed for Vladimir Putin’s Russia, begins.

Here is my take; observations from the encounter

Uzoho is growing in confidence

Goalkeeping is one of the areas that many Nigerian fans are not at home with as the three-time African champions prepare for Russia.

He may be 19 with little experience playing in the Spanish second division but his showings thus far for the team puts him ahead of his major contender – Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Super Eagles midfield needs urgent attention

Like I’ve said over time, Nigeria can’t afford to over rely on Mikel Obi to dictate play at the World Cup. His absence on Monday was glaring as the side struggled to find their rhythm.

I think Alex Iwobi could be deployed deeper to ease off the burden on the former Chelsea man.

Seeing that we’d battle the likes of Luka Modric, Di Maria et al the competition calls for urgent attention.

We don’t want a Liverpool situation where the team will collapse if the Tianjin Teda man is out.

Simi Nwankwo should be on the plane to Russia

Tall and skillful, Nwankwo reminds me of Arsenal’s great that he shares same surname with – Kanu Nwankwo.

With Odion Ighalo being the team’s only out and out striker, Gernot Rohr might consider handing the Crotone man a World Cup shirt.

He showed signs of a ruthless finisher and should be a good addition to the team.

Onazi and Echiejile must justify their inclusion

Ogenyi Onazi once again failed to click in the game. His tackles were mainly ill-timed coupled with inaccurate passes.

As the vice-captain, he ought to have done a lot better to coordinate the team and must put up greater efforts if he wishes to make a strong impression in Russia.

For Elderson Echiejile, same can be said of him. Brian Idowu may have finally taken the left full back position from him.

What if the “Oyinbo Wall” is broken?

It is hard for Nigeria to play without the pair of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong.

The backline has struggled to gel whenever either of the pair is out, leaving many fans wondering what will be the team’s fate if one of them is ruled out (especially when you consider Balogun’s injury record).

There’s much to talk about from the game but like they say, “too much talk no dey evening mass.”

What’s your advise to Rohr as the World Cup inches close?